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Pilley’s Island experiencing problems with water, bears

Charlotte Rice was one of several residents of Pilley’s Island who had wooden garbage boxes overturned or damaged by bears.
Charlotte Rice was one of several residents of Pilley’s Island who had wooden garbage boxes overturned or damaged by bears.

A boil order due to a problem with the town chlorination system and roaming bears in Pilley’s Island have some residents on edge.

Town Clerk Heather Ivany said she was aware of several bear sightings in the community although she hasn’t seen any herself. Reports have been circulating over social media.
Last week she said the town had been in contact with the Department of Wildlife.
A conservation officer said a medium-size bear about 175 pounds was caught overnight Sept. 9, with another trap left set, and more likely to follow.
Bear sightings in Pilley’s Island are not uncommon at this time of year due to the habitat and hills lined with blueberries and partridgeberries. Some counts estimate five bears currently scavenging for food.
A tip for residents who had wooden garbage boxes overturned or damaged would be to place garbage inside so the bears are not attracted to the smell.

Chlorination issues
Ivany said she said she doesn’t know how long it will take before the town’s boil order is lifted since Service NL issued a boil water advisory on Aug. 13 for the water distribution system to undergo maintenance and repairs.
The town’s water source is located at Loadabats Pond and the community is uncertain when the problem with the chlorination system will be resolved.
According to Wikipedia, coliforms are identified on several sites as not being uncommon in the aquatic environment, with the source being the soil, vegetation or feces of warm-blooded animals, but not normally the causer of serious illness.
Earlier this spring Brighton’s system underwent maintenance and repair. Hynes Cove Pond is its source of water.
Fleur de Lys was also listed on the boil order advisory in July due to detection of coliforms in repeat samples at First Pond, Narrow Pond.

Town Clerk Heather Ivany said she was aware of several bear sightings in the community although she hasn’t seen any herself. Reports have been circulating over social media.
Last week she said the town had been in contact with the Department of Wildlife.
A conservation officer said a medium-size bear about 175 pounds was caught overnight Sept. 9, with another trap left set, and more likely to follow.
Bear sightings in Pilley’s Island are not uncommon at this time of year due to the habitat and hills lined with blueberries and partridgeberries. Some counts estimate five bears currently scavenging for food.
A tip for residents who had wooden garbage boxes overturned or damaged would be to place garbage inside so the bears are not attracted to the smell.

Chlorination issues
Ivany said she said she doesn’t know how long it will take before the town’s boil order is lifted since Service NL issued a boil water advisory on Aug. 13 for the water distribution system to undergo maintenance and repairs.
The town’s water source is located at Loadabats Pond and the community is uncertain when the problem with the chlorination system will be resolved.
According to Wikipedia, coliforms are identified on several sites as not being uncommon in the aquatic environment, with the source being the soil, vegetation or feces of warm-blooded animals, but not normally the causer of serious illness.
Earlier this spring Brighton’s system underwent maintenance and repair. Hynes Cove Pond is its source of water.
Fleur de Lys was also listed on the boil order advisory in July due to detection of coliforms in repeat samples at First Pond, Narrow Pond.

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